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Archived Meetings

Our archived meetings centre provides a rich source of research, experiences and ideas which continue to be relevant. Follow the links below to explore our archive of events. 

2016

21 January 2016
Economic Outlook – what does 2016 hold in store?

Overview

The world in 2016 will continue to be a volatile and uncertain place with enhanced levels of risk in all business and personal activities. Against this background, The Economist's Robin Bew will pick out the key issues as he discusses his vision for the year ahead and debates the consequences for high-performing organisations grappling with this brave new world.

Timings: 08.00 – 10.00

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2015

3 December 2015
2016 Programme Launch and Keynote Address

Overview

We close our programme for the year with our traditional members’ dinner, keynote address and launch of the 2016 Programme.

Following the PARC tradition of entertaining and high profile observers, we are delighted this year to welcome Fraser Nelson, Editor of the Spectator, as our keynote speaker.

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5 November 2015
Performance Management Systems - do they optimise performance?

Overview

Performance management (PM) includes activities which ensure that goals are consistently being met in an effective and efficient manner. 

This meeting will discuss an organisation’s hierarchy for improving performance, what the opportunities are for performance improvement, experience of initiatives which have materially influenced individual or organisational performance and what appears to be working well and where organisations need to make the most improvement.

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5–7 October 2015
International Conference, Vienna - The Meaning of Work

Overview

The 7th CRF International Conference will be a must-attend event for anyone interested in how people and organisations interact, and generate business success.

Entitled ‘The Meaning of Work’, Vienna 2015 will embrace the musical ambience and academic heritage of our host city in a way which is sure to capture your imagination. Using the orchestra as a metaphor for organisations, we will be mixing presentation and discussion with orchestral interventions to demonstrate how we might enhance business performance.

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10 September 2015
Key People – Attracting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding

Overview

McKinsey set the ball rolling with their ‘War for Talent’ article and subsequent books. Since then organisations have reacted with a range of responses including new jobs and job titles, organisation solutions such as greater flexibility, career and development initiatives, and a more international approach to resourcing. 

On the reward side, companies have developed segmented value propositions (“EVPs”) to lock in critical talent, whilst constantly aware of the need to stimulate high performance rather than hold “prisoners”. 

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2 July 2015
Summer Lecture & Reception with Alastair Campbell – Post Election Thoughts

Overview

With the general election behind us the political infrastructure will be in place probably for the next five years.  What this will mean following the European elections and the Scottish Referendum of 2014 will determine the future of the United Kingdom and its relationship with Europe. This reception provided an informal, considered interpretation of the election and its consequences for us as business professionals.

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25 June 2015
The Evolving Structure and Role of Remuneration Committees – their purpose and effectiveness

Overview

Twenty years on from the Cadbury and Greenbury reports on Corporate Governance the role, structure and effectiveness of remuneration committees continue to attract comment and discussion in the ever changing corporate regulatory environment and wider economic arena.

Established to ensure that remuneration arrangements support the strategic aims of a business and enable the recruitment, motivation and retention of senior executives, it is timely to re-visit these objectives and research the evolving, structure, role and effectiveness of Remcos and consider the political impetus behind the concept compared with practical operational realities.

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26 May 2015
The New BIS Regulations for Directors’ Remuneration Reporting – better communication or just more data?

Overview

We have now seen two rounds of reporting under the 2013 Department of Business, Innovation and Skills regulations. Our meeting reviewed their effectiveness and impact, and considered whether they have achieved the core aim of providing investors with better quality information with which to reach informed decisions on support for remuneration policies or just generate more data.

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5 March 2015
What is Driving Executive Compensation – an Asia Pacific Perspective

Overview

In 2014 we asked the question ‘What is Driving Executive Compensation – a US Perspective’ and this year we are examining the same issue from an Asia Pacific standpoint, though looking more broadly at compensation in general.

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29 January 2015
Setting the Economic and Political Context – an update for the year ahead

Overview

With the world remaining a chaotic place and with global economic uncertainties still widespread, the UK enters 2015 against this backdrop which domestically will define its future until the end of the decade and beyond.

Andrew Sentance provided us with his views on these and other topics which were of interest to anyone involved in determining the strategic direction and operational effectiveness of organisations and led a discussion on members’ views and concerns.

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2014

3 December 2014
2015 Programme Launch and Keynote Address

Overview

We closed our programme for the year with our traditional members' dinner, keynote address and launch of the 2015 Programme.

Following on from a list of high-profile speakers from the past, we were delighted to welcome another distinguished guest in Peter Oborne, chief political commentator for The Daily Telegraph and associate Editor of The Spectator.

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13 November 2014
How people are rewarded – Have we lost the moral consensus?

Overview

Disparities in remuneration continue to widen and provide easy targets for headline writers and politicians looking for a sound bite. However, despite the optimistic economic indicators and improving general business confidence, there is still a problem with growth working through to earnings and the now accepted decoupling of the two.

With the help of Paul Nowak, Assistant General Secretary of the TUC and Deborah Hargreaves, Founding Director of The High Pay Centre, we addressed these issues in a discussion which engaged and informed.

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14 October 2014
Social Mobility – Is it important and necessary, are we making progress?

Overview

Lack of social mobility in the UK continues to be an issue which we are unable to deal with. Our speaker at this Members' Dinner was The Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn, who was appointed by David Cameron to look into social mobility and child poverty in Great Britain.

Mr Milburn shared the findings of his report with attendess including the five long-term goals in the areas of childcare, parenting, raising educational standards, opening up universities and ending unpaid internships in the professions as a way of tackling closed shops.

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30–2 October 2014
International Conference - Managing, Directing and Leading

Overview

Continuing the innovative and participative approach to our annual conferences, and in the year marking the Centenary of the start of the First World War, our 2014 conference addressed the theme ‘From Battlefields to Boardrooms – Managing, Directing and Leading’.

Using the catastrophic (for all sides) Battle of the Somme as an opening case study, the conference analysed the importance of intelligence gathering, decision making, planning, strategy and motivation in the twin contexts of the military imperatives of 1914 and the business imperatives of 2014.

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3 July 2014
Summer Lecture & Reception - The Pleasures & Sorrows of Work

Overview

Following last year's outstanding summer lecture and reception, we were pleased to once again host an occasion which facilitated social networking with fellow members and their guests, CRF Partners and the CRF team. 

The social nature of the event was complemented by an address from our guest speaker, the philosopher and best-selling author, Alain De Botton, who explored ‘The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work’. 

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5 June 2014
Europe in or out? The Implications for UK Companies and their Stakeholders

Overview

Our keynote speakers at this evening meeting and dinner shared their thoughts on the Conservative Party's committment to introducing a Bill which facilitates a referendum no later than 2017 on the UK's continuing membership of the European Community.

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8 May 2014
The Technology Challenges for HR – Threats and Opportunities

Overview

HR functions have long and widely been observed as ‘challenged’ in two areas of competence – numbers and technology. This research report and roundtable discussion identified how HR urgently needs to ‘up its game’ to improve its contribution to business effectiveness.

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13 March 2014
What is Driving Executive Compensation – a US perspective

Overview

With the continuing high volume of two-way executive movement across the Atlantic, our evening briefing addressed the issues which are topical around the broader North American economy and those which affect senior level compensation in the US.

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30 January 2014
Economic Update – The Big Issues for the UK, Europe and Globally

Overview

We opened our 2014 programme by welcoming leading economist John Kay. John led the debate by setting the economic scene for the coming year, with a focus on the sustainability of the recovery across the UK, Europe and global markets.

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2013

5 December 2013
2014 Programme Launch and Keynote Speech

Overview

Our annual programme launch and keynote speech from Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE provided guests with a review of PARC's 2013 activities and a preview of our programme for 2014.

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21 November 2013
Assessing the effectiveness of organisations: what now constitutes good performance?

Overview

Much of our recent focus has been on the constituents of executive pay. For our November meeting, we looked more closely at what constitutes effective organisational performance. Our research paper and meeting reported on and considered the latest thinking and its implications.

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2–3 October 2013
International Conference - Strategy in a changing world

Overview

As HR specialists we are expert in systems and processes, tools and techniques and leading edge thinking which helps us with the efficiency of our organisations.

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5 September 2013
The right message: aligning the communication of executive reward

Overview

The aim of this meeting was to raise our appreciation of how best to provide controlled and consistent messaging across the multiple audiences for executive reward information and outcomes.

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18–19 July 2013
Speaker-led debate & workshop

Overview

Our overnight meeting provided an opportunity for members to participate in a highly topical debate led by experts and to benefit from a structured discussion of current reward issues.

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23 May 2013
Developing an appropriate response to the challenge of working in global markets

Overview

This ‘roundtable’ meeting focused on the deployment of international talent and how businesses are creating new employment models to respond to this critical challenge.

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21 March 2013
The role of reward in supporting creativity & innovation

Overview

Reward has received a bad press when it comes to supporting creativity. With the help of a senior academic, a case study and member contributions, this meeting built on last year’s conference to raise our understanding of how reward can play its part in helping organisations to innovate.

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29 January 2013
The future of the Euro and what this may mean for Europe

Overview

We opened our 2013 programme by welcoming Roger Bootle of Capital Economics who set the economic scene for the coming year and focused the Euro and Europe.

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2012

5 December 2012
2013 Programme Launch & Keynote Speech

Overview

Our annual programme launch and keynote speech from the Rt. Hon Jack Straw MP provided guests with a review of this year’s PARC activities and a preview of our programme for 2013.

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6 November 2012
Reward Retrospection and Outlook

Overview

As the business and governance context changes, reward practice continues to evolve. This meeting provided an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the context in which reward will be operating from 2013 and onwards.

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13 September 2012
Long Term Incentives: Where Should We Take Them?

Overview

Our in-depth research updated and developed current thinking on LTIs and the executive package, including aspects of wealth distribution, motivation and communication.

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12–13 July 2012
Speaker Led Debate: Executive Reward Workshop: your current issues

Overview

Our overnight meeting provided an opportunity for a highly topical debate led by two expert commentators and a structured discussion of members' current issues.

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3 May 2012
Alignment of Reward & Talent Management

Overview

This year's case studies deepened our understanding of how successful global companies organise a 'joined up' HR strategy and how they identify and integrate reward and talent management issues.

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15 March 2012
Private Equity: What's Been Happening & What Can We Learn?

Overview

How has private equity been affected by the recession? Have their HR and Reward models had to change? What can we learn from their practices?

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25 January 2012
The Outlook For 2012: A Make or Break Year

Overview

Can Europe and America shake off their deep problems and stage a decent recovery? How will the crisis in the Euro zone be resolved? And can Britain's economy cope with George Osborne's cuts and uncomfortably high inflation, and emerge stronger?

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2011

7 December 2011
Annual Review and 2012 Programme Launch

Overview

A look back over the year's events and a chance to look ahead to 2012 with commentary from Michael White of The Guardian.

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16 November 2011
Employee Pension Provision: Today & Tomorrow

Overview

Pensions and retirement have been very much in the news. Reports have been issued from varied sources. The Government has consulted on significant reforms to state pensions. A new tax framework for pensions was implemented in April. Changes to public sector pensions are being opposed by trades unions. And ‘auto-enrolment’ takes effect next year requiring even small employers to offer an employment based pension.

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5–6 October 2011
Leadership & Change – Past, Present & Future

Overview

This conference will explore the challenges of modern leadership, organisation effectiveness and communication and will incorporate case studies of how the Roman Empire successfully tackled these issues.

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14 September 2011
Reward Governance: Reviewing For Risk

Overview

The 'risk culture' has caught up with reward practice. Shareholder groups and regulators are becoming more aware of the potential risks inherent within reward plans. As a consequence, RemCos and Reward Directors are being asked to evaluate these risks - but where do you start?

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14 July 2011
2011 Keynote Speech & Summer Party

Overview

We are delighted that The Right Honourable Michael Portillo delivered the Keynote Speech at our 2011 Summer Party.

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17 May 2011
Reward Strategy: Defence Mechanism or Strategic Tool?

Overview

One of the main criticisms levelled at Remuneration Reports is that the reward strategy and principles they describe do not, clearly and transparently, derive from and support business strategy. If companies cannot show this linkage, then reward strategy risks being interpreted as a “post facto” justification for (high) pay levels – a defence mechanism rather than a pro-active strategic tool.

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27 April 2011
Employee Pension Provision - Preview Meeting

Overview

In 2011 PARC will be undertaking a research project which will consider immediate and potential solutions for the provision of pensions within the traditional reward structure.

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23 March 2011
Looking From The Outside In: Investors & Performance- evolution or regression?

Overview

In light of recent and proposed changes, it seems sensible to ask whether institutional investors have re-appraised their views on corporate performance and shifted their focus to a need for greater transparency and a longer term view of performance.

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25 January 2011
The Global Context: An Economic Outlook For 2011

Overview

The world economy seems to be lurching from bad to worse.  After a wrenching recession in the UK and most other developed economies, businesses were preparing to deal with rising taxes and government spending cuts.  But a renewed crisis in the euro zone threatens to usher in a whole new phase to the global economic crisis: Greece and Ireland have resorted to EU bailouts, governments flirt with defaulting and the whole future of the euro project is suddenly in doubt.

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2010

30 November 2010
Annual Review & 2011 Programme Launch

Overview

A look back over the year's events and a chance to look ahead to 2011 with commentary from Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, MP.

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4 November 2010
Developing Performance Incentives and Sustaining Engagement in a Volatile Environment

Overview

Over the last three years the role of incentives has had greater public prominence than ever before.  The popular media now take a much stronger interest.  The traditional aims of incentives - to provide motivation, focus and variable cost - often seem to have been undermined. 

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13–14 October 2010
CRF International Conference- Performance through People: Capability and Context

Overview

This conference will be run by our sister organisation Corporate Research Forum (CRF) and will be devoted to performance improvement, in line with CRF’s theme for 2010. PARC members are also invited to participate in the conference.

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27 August 2010
Managing Senior Executive Contracts: A Tool for Organisational Change

Overview

CEOs often struggle most with making changes and addressing performance issues for their own executive teams.  Consequently situations are often allowed to escalate, creating problems when the issues are finally addressed. However, economic pressures are now combining with the current climate of perceived failures in executive performance and reward governance to create a greater requirement for organisations to change executive accountabilities and reward structures and, in many cases, effect executive level terminations and redundancies.

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7 July 2010
Keynote Speech & Summer Party

Overview

Our 2010 PARC Keynote Speech & Summer Party will provide members with the opportunity to question the views of a prominent figure from the business world on a topical subject. This year we are delighted to have Gillian Tett of the Financial Times as our keynote speaker.

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25 May 2010
After the Recession: What High Performances Organisations Can Do

Overview

The notion of high performance work systems is an attractive and beguiling concept.  However many organisations embark on a programme of “Performance Improvement” without a thorough understanding of what is meant by performance as this is a complex issue to understand let alone improve! Improving performance requires an understanding of inter-related factors concerning both individuals and organisations.

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25 March 2010
Organisational Performance: The Contribution of C&B in Turbulent Times

Overview

Drawing on case studies from PARC member organisations, this workshop session aimed to debate the implications of recent turbulence in the performance and reward arena and the future contribution of the Compensation & Benefits function to overall organisation performance.

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26 January 2010
Corporate Governance: The Issues of Ownership

Overview

Whilst a lot of people seem to have their fingers in the governance pie, it seems difficult to pin down ownership. This is a highly topical issue in light of recent events and controversies in the executive remuneration arena.

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2009

8 December 2009
Annual Review & Programme Launch

Overview

A look back over the year's activities and a chance to look ahead to 2010 with commentary from Rt Hon Vince Cable, MP.

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19 November 2009
Employee Equity Plans: Do They Have a Future?

Overview

Employee Share Plans are widespread - many organisation utilise them and coverage extends from the shop-floor to the Boardroom, as well as beyond their US and UK origins.

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7–8 October 2009
CRF International Conference

Overview

Just as in the early 90's when CRF was formed, organisational and HR leaders must work together to pull their organisations out of recession and ensure their fitness for the future. 

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22 September 2009
Current Issues in Senior Executive Pay

Overview

Senior executive pay continues to be raised as a subject of frequent debate in PARC meetings.  Not suprisingly, it continues to feature strongly in the media, with little sign of the controversy abating - and, with a general election pending, it is hardly surprising that all major parties are keen to stir the pot! 

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9 July 2009
Keynote Speech & Summer Party

Overview

Rt Hon John Redwood delivered PARC's 2009 Keynote Speech at their Summer Party.  Whilst John is equipped to offer views on a variety of topics, we were particularly interested in his thoughts and ideas on pensions, especially the issue of funding schemes. 

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21 May 2009
Balancing the Compensation Equation

Overview

Considering the value employees place on certain forms of compensation - relative to the cost to the employer - can lead to considerable business advantage.  In light of the changing international and employment climate, these issues are now of substantial interest to many organisations.

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20 April 2009
Developing High Performing Organisations

Overview

The recent turbulence in the global banking system is having profound repercussions in the 'real' world of industry and commerce.  The last few decades have seen the development of close symbiotic relationships between quoted companies and the investment markets, cemented by share-based rewards and corporate governance.

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26 February 2009
Rewarding for Future Success

Overview

Once again, PARC is at the forefront of reward thinking!  At a PARC Workshop in late 2007, Professor Sir Andrew Likierman of the London Business School demonstrated the compelling need to develop forward-facing measures that will deliver long term business success.

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19 February 2009
High Performance Work Environments: What It Takes To Create Them and Why So Few Companies Do

Overview

The idea of creating high performance work environments has been around since the 1950s, but few organisations today could say they have succeeded in creating a system to take full advantage of the capabilities and potential contributions of their employees.

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2008

4 December 2008
Annual Review and 2009 Programme Launch

Overview

A look back over the year's events and a chance to look ahead to 2009.

This year's Keynote Speaker was Will Hutton, Chief Executive of The Work Foundation, who shared with us his incisive and wide-ranging perspectives on the economic and political environments in which organisations now find themselves operating, along with some longer-term insights into what 2009 might bring.

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18 September 2008
Keeping Up To Date With Issues In Senior Executive Pay

Overview

The subject of senior executive pay occurs frequently in PARC meetings and discussions concerning a number of aspects, and continues to feature regularly in the business sections of the media. The executive pay scene is constantly evolving and controversies come and go.

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14 August 2008
Managing Executive Performance for Organisational Results: Research Report Meeting in collaboration with Hay Group

Overview

This year, Professor Sir Andrew Likierman of the London Business School will complete a PARC research study on evaluating the appropriateness and effectiveness of different types of business performance measures (internal and external, financial and non-financial) and how targets are set.

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9 July 2008
Performance Pay: Recipe for Disaster

Overview

Anthony Hilton has a strong interest in the whole area of reward, motivation and performance. He shared his controversial views on the usefulness of performance incentives and responded to members' questions on a range of related topics

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4 June 2008
Organisational Reward and Measurement Systems: Breakfast Briefing

Overview

New technologies, changing demographics, and the ‘war for talent’ require organisations to pay particular attention to the systems they use to measure and reward employees.

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22 May 2008
Employee Wealth Creation: A Lever for Organisation Change

Overview

The unfolding story of the crises and subsequent developments in pension provision has featured prominently in the PARC programme. At an early stage, we invited Frank Field MP to explore the future of retirement pensions as a result of his "thinking the unthinkable"!

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30 April 2008
Tax Simplification: Breakfast Briefing

Overview

The taxation environment in which we operate plays a fundamental part in affecting the take home pay of employees.

Whilst at an employment level it is difficult to impact the tax regime directly, nevertheless an understanding of its principles and potential future trends is important in helping to determine remuneration planning.

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2007

7 November 2007
Measures of Organisational Sustainability

Overview

This research project will conclude in 2008 at the Rewarding for Future Success Research Report Meeting with a report addressing the issue of measuring sustainable performance.

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3 October 2007
The Challenge of Operating Globally

Overview

Discussions with PARC members revealed an appetite to get a better grip on how to operate at a global level. This ranged from the practical (matching remuneration packages) to the strategic (attracting and managing talent).

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12 July 2007
The Pensions Challenge — a Public Policy Perspective

Overview

Philip has been a Member of Parliament representing Runnymede and Weybridge since 1997. He previously fought a parliamentary by-election in Newham North-East in 1994.

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27 May 2007
Private Equity: Friend or Foe?

Overview

The growth in Private Equity deals over the past 5 years has been staggering: in 2006 more than 50 billion Euros were invested in European deals. But the PE sector is mysterious - and often attracts hostility because of concerns about job losses, governance standards and lack of transparency.

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26 April 2007
Rethinking Retirement: Assessing the need for employee wealth creation

Overview

In late 2005, PARC commenced what is intended to be a longer term research study on the changing nature of retirement provision in the UK. This had originally been triggered by the 'pensions crisis' of recent years

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8 February 2007
How Pay Really Helps Businesses Succeed

Overview

Paying everyone competitively is not enough - nor is merely following best or prevailing practice. Competing for a 'Best Place to Work' or 'Employer of Preference' designation is more likely to reinforce an entitlement mentality than create a performance culture.

Most company leaders know paying for performance makes good business sense, but how can pay really facilitate and support business success?

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23 January 2007
Executive Remuneration: Greed or Governance?

Overview

Ed Carr, a senior journalist with the Economist,  conducted a study of the factors driving executive pay which suggests the diatribe against executives is mistaken. 

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